Kennesaw State University

Undergraduate Research at KSU: From Excellence to Eminence

May 11, 2016 | by Ashley Berberich | Kennesaw State University

On April 21st, the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) held the 21st Symposium of Student Scholars and Undergraduate Research Reception in the Convocation Center. This year marked the highest in participation - over 110 faculty mentors supervised 324 students on 214 undergraduate research projects (making it a 38%, 47%, and 41% increase from last year, respectively).

“We’ve come a long way from our beginnings,” Dr. Michele DiPietro said, “As we think about moving forward into an even brighter future, it’s also a good time to look back.” Dr. DiPietro is Executive Director of KSU’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL).

 KSU undergraduate research students also presented their work at NCUR from April 7-9 in Asheville, NC. Nearly 70 KSU students and faculty presented 46 presentations at NCUR 2016, placing KSU in the top 10 institutions in the country in the number of presentations. Over 4,500 students and faculty from 386 institutions attended this year’s NCUR, making it the largest undergraduate research conference in the nation. In early April, KSU announced that they will be hosting NCUR in 2019.

 “Winning the bid to host NCUR is a tremendous recognition for KSU,” Dr. DiPietro said, “This event will allow us to showcase the amazing work we’re doing and will establish us a beacon for undergraduate research on the national scene - taking us from excellence to eminence. Things will not be the same after NCUR passes through.”

In recognition of their tireless efforts for undergraduate research at KSU, Dr. DiPietro presented two plaques for Dr. Amy Buddie and Dr. Marina Koether. 

“I’d like to recognize Dr. Amy Buddie all the support that she’s given to the initiatives behind the scenes,” he said, “and Dr. Marina Koether, who was the inaugural CETLfaculty fellow for undergraduate research - she started many of the programs that have since exploded both in participation and impact.”

Dr. Buddie joined CETL in 2011 and serves as the Associate Director for Graduate Student Support & Undergraduate Research / Creative Activity and as a Psychology professor at KSU. Dr. Koether was CETL Faculty Fellow for Advancing Undergraduate Research from 2006 to 2008 and currently teaches Chemistry at KSU.

More information about the 2016 Symposium can be found here.